VAFA Umpire Training resumed on Monday, 30 January at Elsternwick Park. Despite the forecast extreme heat (and some inaccurate Facebook rumours of a 2km Time Trial...), we had over 70 umpires on the track - a great turn out!
Wednesday saw about 50 umpires back up for session 2, another fun and engaging session. The footballs are already out, and its safe to say our handballing skills haven't yet improved! We even had a bit of a look at the third-man up rule in a skill drill! For those unable to run, the goalie's lap-walking group is back in force, and looking for numbers!
Wednesday's session was further supervised by Gav's daughter Ruby, who had come along with Gav's partner Jenaya and son Logan to celebrate his birthday. Andy Hartnett lead us in a rousing rendition of Happy Birthday, and Tony was lurking in the shadows with the video camera at the ready... lets hope that clip never sees the light of day!
The feedback so far has been nothing but praise for the fun, engaging and productive nature of the training sessions, and with only 8 weeks until the Women's Lightning Premiership round, and 9 weeks until Round 1, we hope to see everyone on the track soon!
Gav de Kretser with honorary coaching supervisor Ruby.